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Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution
Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...
Actor | Jurassic Park
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...
3. Jean Arthur
Actress | Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna ...
Actor | The Fighting O'Flynn
Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or TV shows, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian. Noblesse oblige.
He was born Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. in ...
5. Glenn Ford
Actor | Superman
Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...
complications from multiple strokes
6. Jack Klugman
Actor | The Odd Couple
As a film character actor, Klugman was the epitome of the everyman. He was one of the pioneers of television acting in the 1950s, and is best remembered for his 1970s TV work as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple (1970) and as the medical examiner on Quincy M.E. (1976).
Director | The Son-of-a-Gun
American actor-director-writer-producer Gilbert M. Anderson, father of the movie cowboy and the first Western star, was born Maxwell Henry Aronson in Little Rock, Arkansas. His parents, Esther (Ash) and Henry Aronson, were from New York. His father was from a German Jewish family, and his mother ...
Actor | Lili
Another in the long line of dramatically handsome foreign imports who made an immediate impact on WWII Hollywood was debonair French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. The epitome of grace and sophistication, the stylish leading man went on to have a long and respectful career on stage, film and TV, both ...
9. Chuck Berry
Soundtrack | Men in Black
Chuck Berry is an American singer and songwriter, one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. He was nicknamed the "Father of Rock and Roll". Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive with songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll ...
10. Turhan Bey
Actor | The Mummy's Tomb
Popular leading man in 1940's Hollywood who, with his suave demeanor, exotically handsome looks and well-modulated voice, was first called upon to portray mysterious or villainous characters. Soon he would be teamed with other "exotics" (e.g. Maria Montez and Sabu) in a series of escapist ...
11. Arthur C. Clarke
Writer | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke was born in the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, England in December 16, 1917. In 1936 he moved to London, where he joined the British Interplanetary Society. There he started to experiment with astronautic material in the BIS, write the BIS Bulletin and science fiction. During ...
12. Mel Ferrer
Actor | Lili
Actor/director/producer Mel Ferrer was born Melchor Gaston Ferrer on August 25, 1917, in Elberon, New Jersey. The son of a Cuban-born surgeon and a Manhattan socialite, he went to prep school and attended Princeton University. From the age of 15 he worked in summer stock. After Princeton he became ...
13. Asta Nielsen
Actress | Hamlet
Danish leading woman of German films who became one of the greatest stars of the silent era. A native of the Copenhagen suburb of Vesterbro, Nielsen was the daughter of a coppersmith and a washerwoman, both of whom died before Nielsen was fifteen. Her stage debut came as a child in the chorus of ...
after a leg fracture
14. Nicolas Roeg
Director | Don't Look Now
When he made his directorial debut in 1970, Nicolas Roeg was already a 23-year veteran of the British film industry, starting out in 1947 as an editing apprentice and working his way up to cinematographer twelve years later. He first came to attention as part of the second unit on David Lean's ...
15. Gabriel Figueroa
Cinematographer | La perla
Gabriel Figueroa was born on April 24, 1907 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Gabriel Figueroa Mateos. He is known for his work on The Pearl (1947), Maria Candelaria (1944) and The Young and the Damned (1950). He died on April 27, 1997 in Mexico City.
stroke following heart surgery
16. Fidel Castro
Actor | Araaayyyyy!!!
Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz was born in Birán, Holguin Province, Cuba, the fifth of nine children of Ángel María Bautista Castro y Argiz, a plantation owner originally from Galicia, Spain, who operated a plantation in Cuba's Oriente Province. His mother, Lina Ruz González, was a servant in his ...
Actor | Meghasandesam
Akkineni Nageshwara Rao was born on September 20, 1923 in Venkataraghavapuram, Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh, India as Akkineni Nageswara Rao. He was an actor and producer, known for Meghasandesam (1983), Laila Majnu (1949) and Aatma Bandhuvulu (1987). He was married to Annapurna Akkineni. He ...
18. Doris Roberts
Actress | Everybody Loves Raymond
Doris Roberts was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Ann (Meltzer) and Larry Green. She was raised in New York, and took her stepfather's surname. Roberts was a 20-year veteran of the Broadway stage before she began appearing steadily in character roles in film and on television during the 1970s. A ...
19. George J. Folsey
Cinematographer | Forbidden Planet
Pioneer cinematographer George Folsey started out in 1914 as an errand boy with the Lasky Feature Play Company in New York. His introduction to camerawork came, when he was asked by cinematographer H. Lyman Broening to assist with post-production (tracking dissolve and fades for intercutting). By ...
20. Andrey Eshpay
Composer | Pervyy trolleybus
Andrey Eshpay was born on May 15, 1925 in Kozmodemyansk, Mari AO, RSFSR, USSR as Andrey Yakovlevich Eshpay. He was a composer and actor, known for Pervyy trolleybus (1963), Silneye uragana (1960) and Nochnoy patrul (1957). He died on November 8, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.
22. Paul Misraki
Soundtrack | The Quiet American
Born in Constantinople in 1908, Paul Misraki composed from the age of 7 years a waltz his mother notes on music paper.
He completed his studies at the "Lycée Janson de Sailly" where he met Ray Ventura who already created a small amateur jazz band.
Paul Misraki consolidates his musical knowledge with ...
23. Ken Thorne
Music_department | Superman II
Ken Thorne was born on January 26, 1924 in East Dereham, Norfolk, England. He is known for his work on Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He was married to Linda Hayes. He died on July 9, 2014 in West Hills, Los Angeles, California, ...
24. Ashok Kumar
Actor | Mahal
Ashok Kumar was one of India's most famous actors from before to after its independence from the UK. As a young assistant to Bengali film-maker Himanshu Rai, he got his start in acting by accident when he volunteered to substitute for the lead actor, Jeevan Naya (1936), who fell ill before ...
Director | Solo
As an actor he became popular as Albert de Morcerf in a version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1954), fame and adulation followed with his Francois in Head Against the Wall (1959). As a director he became famous with anarcho-pictures, brilliant cynic comedies. His preferred actors in all decades were...
26. Walter Lassally
Cinematographer | Alexis Zorbas
Walter Lassally was born on December 18, 1926 in Berlin, Germany as Walter Israel Lassally. He is known for his work on Zorba the Greek (1964), Heat and Dust (1983) and Before Midnight (2013). He was married to Nadia Lassali. He died on October 23, 2017 in Crete, Greece.
28. James E. Abbe
Cinematographer | Home Talent
James E. Abbe was born on July 17, 1883 in Alfred, Maine, USA as James Edward Abbe. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Home Talent (1921), Married Life (1920) and The White Sister (1923). He was married to Irene Caby, Polly Shorrock, Phyllis Edwards and Eloise Turner. He died on ...
30. John Abbott
Actor | The Jungle Book
John Abbott was born on June 5, 1905 in London, England as John Albert Chamberlain Kefford. He was an actor, known for The Jungle Book (1967), Gigi (1958) and Adventure Island (1947). He died on May 24, 1996 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
31. Max von Sydow
Actor | Flash Gordon
Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He is the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his father's partial German ...
Actor | Mamnou'a el hub
Mohamed Abdel Wahab was born on March 13, 1901 in Cairo, Egypt. He was married to Nahla Al Qudsi and Iqbal. He died on May 3, 1991 in Cairo.